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tax proposals meant to help low and middle-income families. the white house says the president's budget plan reflects his desire to try to reduce income disparity. by law, the president is required to release a budget plan but for the most part congress usually ignores it and comes up with its own budget. >>> 7:17. back here at home, the oakland police department is hiring and the department is hoping to fill its ranks with some home- grown talent. right now, the oakland police department has 616 police officers and the money to hire 91 more. the department says reaching out to local recruits, that has been a challenge. that's why they are targeting people as early as high school. and they are using technology like social media and text messages to reach the candidates. >> we're recruiting a younger generation, we're much more tech savvy than people were in the past. they are making use of social media so we're going to them. >> the starting salary for for an oakland police officer ranges from $69,000 to $98,000 a year. >>> happening now -- the final day of mardi gras celebrati
a trip funded by a private group actually saves tax payers money and gives him more flexibility than official congressional trips. >>> people living in the midwest and northeast say they are getting tired of the extreme winter they've been experiencing. now, a growing number of them are heading to warmer destinations instead. the website jetsetter.com says the number of hotel booking the in warm spots made by illinois, new york, massachusetts and washington, d.c. was up 7% last month compared to last year. florida, california, and arizona are their top destinations. >>> 7:17. tori, now to developing news about b.a.r.t. this morning. a problem in the transbay tube. it is disrupting b.a.r.t. service systemwide. tara moriarty is live in oakland. what's going on? >> reporter: well, it seems like the problem might be getting better. we're here at the west oakland b.a.r.t. station. the last train that pulled in, it did not wait on the platform. it took off right away. the official word is that bart is on a 20-minute delay this morning. so definitely give yourself some extra time to get whe
to put a measure on the june ballot that would boost sales tax. if approved, the sales tax would go up by .5% to 9.5%. the measure is expected to bring in an additional $10 million a year to help clear the backlog of projects put on hold during the recession. it includes hiring more police, street repairs and upgrades to fire stations and libraries. city officials say 65% of people in hayward support the increase. >>> 7:42. the golden state warriors may now be shooting for alternative sites for a new basketball arena in san francisco. publicly, the warriors say they are moving ahead with their plans to build a new waterfront april rena south of the bay bridge. however, today's chronicle reports a team is quietly checking out other locations in the city including the main parking lot right across from at&t park. the original proposal calls for building an 18,000-seat arena between piers 30 and 32. opponents say a basketball arena there would ruin the view of the bay. >>> 7:42. a woman in her 80s tied up in her own tome. the recent string of robberies that has an east bay neighborhood on
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